IHC rejects Abidi Plea to Dismiss Terrorism Charges Filed Against Him
On Thursday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) refused former senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s plea to dismiss terror charges made against him.
Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani, while hearing the petition, stated that the judiciary and chief justice were openly threatened.
“The attitude of threatening the judiciary is wrong,” he remarked.
When the judge turned to Abidi’s lawyer and asked whether his client was guilty of contempt, he denied the charge. “My client only used harsh words, he did not commit contempt of court,” the lawyer said.
Abidi was arrested on Wednesday by the secretariat police after he appeared before the Supreme Court’s two-judge counsel for a contempt case against him.
During the hearing, the former senator requested the court to hold the case until his lawyer returns from Umrah pilgrimage or grant him time to hire a new lawyer to take over his case. The court then approved Abidi’s request, and the bench adjourned the hearing till October 30. It also issued a notice to the attorney general about this.
However, after his appearance in court, Abidi left the Supreme Court and was returning to his residence, when he was arrested by the secretariat police.
On Tuesday night, police sources stated that another case was registered against Abidi which included the charges of defamation. He has been since been arrested in the case registered by ASI Shaukat Abbasi.
On September 21, a case was registered against the former senator for using inappropriate language in front of the chief justice of Pakistan. The complaint was registered by the apex court’s Public Relations Officer Shahid Hussain Kamboyo in the Secretariat Police Station under Pakistan Penal Code’s sections 228, 500, 505(ii) and 34 along with Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). On September 28, the Sindh government approved the request of Islamabad police to arrest Abidi.